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Doctor insights on: Super Bug Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus Mrsa

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What are the differences between MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) or c-diff (clostridium difficile)?

Totally different: They are totally different bacteria. Mrsa causes disease by invading the body, multiplying and causing tissue injury. Clostridium difficile causes disease by overgrowth in the intestinal lumen and producing toxins that injure the colonic mucosa causing diarrhea and colitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating ...Read more


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Could methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus(mrsa) be deadly?

Could methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus(mrsa) be deadly?

Yes it can be: It can be deadly if not treated properly and it spreads in the blood stream and in immunocompromised patients as well. ...Read more

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Could i get a boob job if I have nonactive methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

Could i get a boob job if I have nonactive methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

MRSA : Mrsa once was a rare finding most often seen in the hospital setting. This is not the case, as MRSA is now almost universal. Many people are chronic carriers of the MRSA organism. If you are non-active, i feel that you could have breast augmentation. Pre-op you should consider nasal swab antibiotics, PO antibiotics and antibacterial body washes. This should reduce your chances for infection. ...Read more

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What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

A bad type.: Mrsa is a potent strain of staph bacteria that worries doctors because it is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, which for many years was the single best treatment for staph infections. It is usually treatable with other antibiotics, such as Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline, but such infections can be very virulent and contagious. ...Read more

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What is methicillin resistant staph?

What is methicillin resistant staph?

See below: Staphylococcus are a genus of bacteria usually divided into coagulase negative and positive. The coag positive staph are staph aureus which cause many infections. Mrsa are resistant to the semisynthetic penicillins like methicillin. Mssa are sensitive to these antibiotics. Coag neg staph include many species like staphylococcus epidermidis which colonize normal skin and infrequently cause disease. ...Read more

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If someone has a penicillin-resistant staph infection, is that the same as mrsa?

If someone has a penicillin-resistant staph infection, is that the same as mrsa?

Not always.: Mrsa stands for methicillin resistant staph aureus. Methicillin is a type of penicillin. Many species of staph bacteria are resistant to some forms of penicillin, but are sensitive to methicillin. Those bacteria are not classified as mrsa. Conversely, staph species that are resistant to methicillin are nearly always resistant to all the other penicillins as well. ...Read more

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Hi my husband noticed a pimple like bump on his thumb and told that he has a staph infection. He's not sure if it is that or a bug bite or MRSA?

Hi my husband noticed a pimple like bump on his thumb and told that he has a staph infection. He's not sure if it is that or a bug bite or MRSA?

Could be either/both: Staph infections arise in various wounds and bug bites can be the primary event that becomes secondarily infected.If there was any puss expressed from the site, it is evidence of an infection.Most studies show the majority of these today are MRSA. ...Read more

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My 5yo trachee has been positive for esbl kleb o. Now each aspirate also is + for "staph" - is it MRSA & docs are evasive? Isn't MRSA just esbl staph

My 5yo trachee has been positive for esbl kleb o. Now each aspirate also is + for "staph" - is it  MRSA & docs are evasive? Isn't MRSA just esbl staph

Colonizers?: The major question in trach cultures is always whether the organisms are causing illness. Sputum cannot be sterilized and always has colonizing organisms, with staph being most commonly found; resistance patterns in colonizers is less important. Discomfort with this complexity may account for the perception that a doc is not giving a "straight" answer. ...Read more

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Have a small cyst,doc said is infected, staph, got meds.didn't mention the day I found it I had worked out in a football facility.Should I have? Mrsa?

Have a small cyst,doc said is infected, staph, got meds.didn't mention the day I found it I had worked out in a football facility.Should I have? Mrsa?

Not necessary: Almost all infected cysts are infected with staph as it is the most common organism on human skin. The fact of working out may make it less likely, or at least no more likely that it is MRSA. ...Read more

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Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Yes: A culture can identify the bacteria that is causing your infection. Staph and strep are common bacteria found with skin infections. After the lab identifies the bacteria that is causing your infection, testing is done to see which antibiotics would work best for your specific infection. Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to the drug methicillin, but other antibiotics are effective. ...Read more

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Please tell me the symptoms of MRSA vs. A staph infection?

Please tell me the symptoms of MRSA vs. A staph infection?

Mrsa, a type of stap: Mrsa is a type of staph that is drug resistant. Staph/mrsa can cause a variety of things. Commonly, skin infections/boils. They can get into the blood stream and cause infections. Once it gets into the blood stream, it can go anywhere and cause an infection at that site. ...Read more

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Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

MRSA: No, Gentamicin does not treat MRSA. Gent is used for "gram-negative" infections. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have ring worm or MRSA (staph) skin disease?

How do you know if you have ring worm or MRSA (staph) skin disease?

Fungus vs bacteria: Ring worm is a fungus - sampling scales of skin can help diagnosis. Mrsa is a bacterial infection and hence you would do a wound culture of the drainage. ...Read more

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What causes a reaccurring MRSA staph infection? How can you prevent it?

Not known for sure: Some people get recurrent MRSA infections. Certain people carry MRSA on their skin , nails, and/or in their noses. (colonized), considered to be MRSA "carriers" and may be more likely to get infections. There is not enough data to recommend specific treatments that get rid of colonized mrsa. Some prescribe topical, intranasal, or systemic antimicrobial agents to patients with recurrent mrsa. ...Read more

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It is possible that a carrier of a staph infection reinfect my son who is MRSA colonized?

Staph aureus: Colonization is not infection. You can possibly interrupt the carriage state using nasal Mupirocin ointment twice a day and washing only with soap containing chlorhexadine for a month or more. This will reduce or clear carriage state in about 50% of persons. It can be gotten again from others who touch you when they are colonized. ...Read more

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Can a reaccuring MRSA staph infection kill you? If so what would you most likely die from?

Can a reaccuring MRSA staph infection kill you? If so what would you most likely die from?

Yes: Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) can be deadly if the bacteria enters the blood stream. This very sticky bacteria can travel to the heart and destroy heart valves and heart muscle. Each skin infection increases the chance of this bacteria getting into the blood stream. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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